Joining the 'Minerva' Team..
30 July 2015
We are thrilled to have been invited to join the highly regarded team of guest speakers onboard Swan Hellenic's delightful ship Minerva in June/July 2016. It will mean a return trip to the White Sea for Michael (and another opportunity to watch those elusive white whales called Belugas). Hidden White Sea and Norse Discovery leaves from Kirkenes in Norway on Tuesday 23rd June 2016, we sail round to the White Sea for visits to Arkhangelsk and the fascinating Solovestsky Islands, then back to Murmansk in Russia, Leknes on the Lofoten Islands, Trondheim, Ålesund and our first visits to both Florø and Haugesund in Norway, before returning to Portsmouth on Sunday 10th July.
First 2017 booking..
06 May 2015
We are very excited to have been booked by Voyages of Discovery for our first cruise in 2017. We had to cancel our engagement on the CAPE TO CANARIES cruise in 2015 because of Sue's ill health, so we are delighted that we have been invited to speak on a repeat of this very successful cruise which was a sell-out first time round. It starts in Cape Town on 1st April 2017 and sails via Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, St Helena, Ascension, Mindelo in the Cape Verde islands and Las Palmas on Gran Canaria and ends in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 22nd April 2017. It will be some time before this cruise is advertised, but we will post a link to the Voyages of Discovery website once it is confirmed.
South American Exploration 2016..
20 March 2015
We are delighted to have been appointed as speakers on an extremely choice cruise in March 2106 by one of our favourite companies, Voyages of Discovery. "South American Exploration" on board "Voyager" begins in Cartagena, Columbia on 12th March 2106 and visits the San Blas Islands before a transit of the extraordinary Panama Canal. After a day at Flamenco Island for Panama City, "Voyager" then sails south to Manta in Ecuador and Callao in Peru, then returns north again via Salaverry in Peru to Guayaquil in Ecuador, where the cruise ends on 28th March. From there, passengers can book an optional 4-night extension on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Having visited these coasts before, we know how rich these waters are for seabirds and cetaceans, thanks to the Humboldt Current, and look forward to all the excitement of exploring them again. We'd love to meet up with old friends from previous trips on board "Voyager". Full details are on my Cruise Bookings page as usual.
New Cruises in 2015 and 2016..
29 January 2015
We've just been confirmed for part of a really exciting cruise in August 2015 on board Boudicca for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. "Voyage to the Arctic" departs from Newcastle on 2nd August, and visits Ålesund and Trondheim in Norway before crossing the Arctic Circle, cruising past the Svartisen Glacier, then calling at Tromsø and then Honninsvåg for the North Cape. She continues on to Longyearbyen in Svalbard, passing Bear Island en route. She then heads westwards, past Jan Mayen Island, to Akureyri and Reykjavik in Iceland where we disembark the ship, which then carries on to visit three ports in Greenland before returning, via Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, to Newcastle on 29th August. Full details are on our Cruise Bookings page. A few last cabins may still be available for this cruise, which was previously advertised as fully booked (with a repeat cruise already being offered for summer 2016).
Subject to contract, we also have provisionally bookings for two further cruises. On 15th - 27th June 2015, we have been asked to do a cruise called "Iceland & The Northern Isles" on MV Azores for Cruise and Maritime Voyages, sailing from Hull and visiting Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, 5 ports in Iceland including a circumnavigation of Surtsey, plus Shetland and Orkney. Full details later when the booking is confirmed.
Looking forward to May 2016, we have been invited by Voyages of Discovery onto a super cruise to the Azores and Madeira, including Porto Santo. That sails from Portsmouth on MV Voyager. Full details later.
Voyage to Australia..
21 August 2014
We have just had confirmation of a booking on an amazing cruise on board the elegant small cruise ship Astor for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, with whom we work regularly. SOUTH-BOUND VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA (cruise code A501) departs London Tilbury on 5th November and arrives in Freemantle, Australia, 38 nights later on 13th December. Stops on the way will include Le Havre in France, Lisbon, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Porto Grande in the Cape Verde Islands, Georgetown on Ascension, Jamestown on St Helena, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Durban in South Africa, Pointe de Galets on the island of Reunion and Port Louis on Mauritius. Go to my CRUISE BOOKINGS page for more on this cruise, and a link to the CMV website for bookings (and currently some very tempting special offers).